Master of Education

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Masters
Graduate Degree
School of Education
5 Semesters

Overview

The Master of Education program serves as an opportunity to improve your teaching practice, solidify your understanding of educational theory, and advance to leadership roles in the educational sphere. A well-rounded, hands-on curriculum connects coursework to students’ teaching and work settings. And with four specialized tracks within this degree program, our students can truly hone in on their areas of interest and career aspirations.

Class schedules can accommodate students who are working professionals—and the coursework features hands-on, interactive learning among outstanding faculty and highly engaged peers.

Who It's For

This program is a place for educators who want to refine their craft, broaden their skills, and become more effective in their practice. In Westminster's program, you can select a specialization: Adult Learning, Special Education, TESOL, or Trauma, Resilience, and Restorative Justice.

Key Benefits

  • Put theory into practice. Boost communication skills, instructional methodologies, technologies, and subject-area content.
  • Customize your coursework. Tailor a curriculum toward your own needs and goals.
  • Gain from a program that works with you. Experience small class sizes and accommodating schedules that support your success.

How Long It Takes

Most students finish the MEd. program in 5 semesters, but schedules can be adapted for a longer time frame and can vary depending on which certificates, credentials, or endorsements are pursued.

Accreditation Employers Trust

Licensure programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Other tracks are accredited by the Utah State Board of Education and/or the Northwest Accreditation Commission.

"What I learned academically was rigorous, informative, and practical. I made priceless connections professionally and personally that will last a lifetime."

Tina Wilmore, MEd., '16
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About the Program

Fine-tune your instructional skills while enjoying the freedom and support to explore new methods and practices. You won’t just gain new understandings, frameworks, and skills, —you’ll emerge with greater confidence, collaboration, and self-awareness.

What You'll Learn

The Master of Education program curriculum is highly personalized around your goals as an educator. You get to select from a number of tracks within the program, each of which thoroughly prepares you for a different specialization.

Trauma, Resilience, and Restorative Justice Emphasis

Focus on the impact that trauma has on the mental and physical health of individuals while exploring research-based strategies, like restorative justice, that build resilience in individuals and communities.

This emphasis is the first of its kind in Utah and the Rocky Mountain West. Selecting this track will prepare you to apply your expertise in schools, universities, nonprofits, government agencies, and community-based work where demand is high for educators and advocates skilled in this area.

Adult Learning Emphasis

Sharpen your skills and expertise in adult education. This emphasis provides an incredible foundation for future corporate trainers, higher-education leaders, and teachers in other education programs for adults. You’ll improve and elevate your current teaching practice while gaining unique skills specific to this student demographic.

Special Education License or Endorsement

A great special education teacher is more than an instructor: they’re an instrument for social change. Through the special education license or endorsement, we prepare teaching candidates to work with students who have a wide range of learning, cognitive, emotional, and physical abilities. And you’ll learn through practices that nurture and develop equity and inclusion for all students. Students must have an elementary or secondary license to obtain a special education license or endorsement.

TESOL Endorsement

The TESOL endorsement is for educators who want to teach English language learners—and do so as effectively as possible. The endorsement is required of almost all K–12 teachers today, and it’s also exceptionally helpful for teachers in adult-learning classrooms. You’ll not only gain the endorsement but will also hone your skills through hands-on research, observation, and reflection.

Traditional Customizable Track

Chart your own course toward your unique professional goals by customizing a combination of classes from the MEd. and related disciplines. You can focus on areas like educational policy, advocacy, or administration, or create a tailored program of study. The field of education is changing and this track enables you to help lead the way to new futures.

Plan of Study

Licensing

Graduates can obtain various licenses and endorsements. Licensing and endorsement requirements vary by state. Utah students must apply with the Utah State Board of Education.


Sample Courses

Instructional Design Foundations

This course introduces instructional design and educational technology. Students will learn the basics of instructional design, systematic design, multimedia learning, user-experience, and instructional design tools. Students will practice identifying and analyzing instructional need and will create instructional design documents.

Serious Games and Gamification

Gaming has become an important pathway for learning in a variety of formal and non-formal settings. In this course, students learn the difference between gamification, game-based learning, and learning games and how to use these formats effectively. Students connect learning theories to game design to enhance motivation and learning. Students make use of research on learning through gaming and design a game-based learning unit. Ethical issues involved in the field will be explored.

Assessment for English Learners

Students will apply content from the Methods and Content Area Instruction courses to develop a rationale for incorporating assessment as an intrinsic and ongoing aspect of the teaching/learning process. Students will learn ways to monitor student progress, place students appropriately, and design authentic assessment for elementary, secondary, and adult English language learners. Students will also explore policies and practices of standardized assessments commonly used to assess English language proficiency and academic language development within the context of U.S. public schools. Prerequisite: MEd.623.

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Career Opportunities

  • Our graduates are highly sought -after in a wide variety of positions and often receive multiple job offers.
  • Depending on the specialization, graduates quickly find work as a teacher within a local school, charter school, private school, nonprofit, business, or even in the entrepreneurial realm.

“The education I received was not just about learning ideas and concepts, it’s also about a way of thinking. We are taught to look at different angles and perspectives, be reflective and analytical but also be emotional and passionate around things we care about.”

Dana Burnett, MEd., '15
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Tuition and Fees

At Westminster, we are committed to making your education affordable.

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Financial Aid

Westminster works with all students to determine the financial aid opportunities available to them. Federal financial aid is available and will be awarded on an individual basis to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some federal financial aid programs require students to maintain the equivalent of full- or part-time enrollment. Westminster also offers scholarships for graduate students.

Scholarships

Students in the Master of Education and Master of Arts in Teaching programs who are Westminster bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, Bachelor of Business Administration program, or bachelor of fine arts alumni are eligible for the Westminster Alumni Scholarship.

Loans

Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct (grad) PLUS loans through the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program.

Grants

Students in education programs may be eligible for the federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program. Grants are generally need-based and do not need to be repaid. Some grants have requirements upon graduation to ensure repayment is not necessary.

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study is a federally funded program that provides job opportunities for students to earn money to help pay for college. Westminster employs hundreds of students each year in different areas.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

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